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February 2015

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Can't join us for tonight's Zydeco Crossroads Dance Party at World Cafe Live ? Tune-in to XPN 88.5 in Philadelphia or worldwide at XPN.org at 7:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of the concert with Koray Broussard and Leon Chavis. Read more.

Listen to Buckwheat Zydeco on American Routes

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Buckwheat Zydeco is the subject of this segment from American Routes. The Louisiana native talks with Nick Spitzer about his start in Clifton Chenier's band and where he's taken the music since those early days. Read more.

Meet the Creole cowboys of Louisiana on American Routes

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Zydeco Crossroads contributor Nick Spitzer looks at the lifestyle of Creole cowboys on this segment from American Routes. Read more.

Dr. Gene Morris remembered as one of zydeco’s unsung heroes

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Today’s zydeco musicians can win Grammys, perform on national TV and play in cities and countries that I can’t even pronounce. An unsung hero who helped open the doors for their international stage is Dr. Gene Morris. Read more.

On latest CD, Leon Chavis proclaims ‘The Champ is Here’

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In 1999, Sports Illustrated crowned Muhammad Ali as Sportsman of the Century. Once vilified as a trash-talking troublemaker, Ali is now universally praised as an all-time great athlete with a principled punch that shook up boxing, religion, international politics, civil rights and more.

Ali retired the same year Leon Chavis was born. But that hasn’t stopped Chavis from being enthralled with “The Greatest.” Read more.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with American Routes

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With Carnivale coming to a close and New Orleans's biggest parade day happening tomorrow, Nick Spitzer highlights Mardi Gras traditions "in the Crescent City and beyond" on the latest episode of American Routes. Read more.

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Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy our playlist of zydeco flavored tunes for Fat Tuesday by Queen Ida, Clifton Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. (pictured above), Beau Jocque, and Terrance Simien […] Read More

Curley Taylor returns to Philly on Sunday, February 22nd

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This just in: Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble return to Philly this Sunday, February 22nd for a special show at 7165 Lounge in Germantown. When Curley was last here he and his band kicked off the Zydeco Crossroads project at the Kimmel Center. Taylor will be performing from 6-9PM; tickets to the event are available […] Read More

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Join us for one of two FREE ZYDECO CROSSROADS shows featuring Leon Chavis & The Zydeco Flames and Koray Broussard and the Zydeco Unit. Both bands will play at each show on Friday, February 27th at World Cafe Live. RSVP for the show here

Michael Tisserand on zydeco’s history and culture

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In a video interview filmed last October for Zydeco Crossroads, author Michael Tisserand emphasizes the relationship between Creole and Cajun music and the deep history the two cultures share. Read more.